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California Vegetables
California Vegetables
Annual and perennial plants grown as vegetables, for California gardens.
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California Flowering Perennials
California Flowering Perennials
Flowering plants that live for two or more years and are grown primarily for blooms and beauty, for California gardens.
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California Fruit Trees, Citrus
California Fruit Trees, Citrus
Trees and shrubs in the genus Citrus and closely related genera that produce edible fruit, for California gardens.
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California Herbs and Spices
California Herbs and Spices
Edible or useful annual and perennial plants, for California gardens. Plants are generally considered "herbs" when the leaves or green parts are used for flavoring or other purposes. "Spices" are derived from other parts of plants, such as seeds, fruits, roots, and bark.
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Recommendations for Summer Squash Varieties
Recommendations for Summer Squash Varieties

In most areas of California, summer squash is grown during the warm season from early spring through midsummer or fall; However, with an appropriate selection of varieties, many mild winter areas can grow summer squash year-round. Zucchini is the most popular type of summer squash; for zucchini variety recommendations, go to GardenZeus  and enter your […]

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Pinching Blossoms and Pruning Stems From Tomato Plants
Pinching Blossoms and Pruning Stems From Tomato Plants

  Pruning/Cutting Back/Pinching/Separating GardenZeus does not recommend pinching back or removing blossoms from determinate tomato plants under most circumstances; and recommends that determinate tomatoes generally not be pruned. While some sources recommend removing small stems (watersprouts or “suckers”) near the base of a plant, GardenZeus expert Darren Butler is concerned about this admitting disease organisms […]

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Think You Know Tomato Varieties? Take Our Quiz!
Think You Know Tomato Varieties? Take Our Quiz!

So you think you know your tomato varieties? Take our quiz! Which of the following is NOT a variety of tomato: Firecracker, Thunder Mountain, Viagra, Green Zebra and Queen Victoria. Firecracker: an indeterminate hybrid grape-sized red tomato with with golden and orange stripes. It  is ideal for containers, producing trailing branches from baskets and planters […]

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Three Sisters Companion Planting Combination for California
Three Sisters Companion Planting Combination for California

The Three Sisters is a traditional Native American agricultural grouping or companion planting combination that includes corn, beans, and squash, with corn providing a natural trellis for beans and vining squash, beans fixing soil nitrogen theoretically to the benefit of all three crops, and the large leaves of squash cooling soil and discouraging weeds. The […]

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Growing Snap Peas? Consider Harvesting Young Stems and Leaves As Greens
Growing Snap Peas? Consider Harvesting Young Stems and Leaves As Greens

Have you grown snap peas or snow peas? But have you ever grown or eaten pea greens? Consider planting extra peas to have enough plants for harvesting young, tender stems and leaves as greens. Pea greens are nutritious and delicious. They are a candidate for GardenZeus expert Darren Butler’s favorite green, and can be used […]

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